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LNG facility in Gulf of Mexico could provide fuel for OSVs

Tue 22 Aug 2017 by David Foxwell

LNG facility in Gulf of Mexico could provide fuel for OSVs
The growing number of LNG-fuelled offshore vessels in the US could one day received fuel from the Fourchon facility

A consortium of companies in the US has filed an application for a formal review process for a mid-size LNG facility in the Gulf of Mexico that could provide fuel for offshore support vessels.

The Greater Lafourche Port Commission (GLPC) and tenant Energy World USA said their wholly owned entity Fourchon LNG LLC has filed a letter to request initiation of a ‘prefiling review’ with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

On completion of the prefiling process, Fourchon LNG LLC intends to file an application with FERC for authorisation to construct a mid-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) production and export facility at Port Fourchon.

Once constructed, Phase one of the Fourchon LNG project will produce 2 million tonnes (mt) of LNG per year for export, with a programme to increase capacity up to 5 mt in Phase two.

Fourchon LNG also plans to reserve up to half a million tonnes of LNG a year for domestic use to provide LNG to fuel offshore supply vessels powered by LNG and operating in the Gulf of Mexico.

“We welcome this critical milestone for the Fourchon LNG project by our tenant Energy World, and we are excited to have the opportunity to add their proposed facility and its services to Fourchon’s diverse and extensive list of offerings,” said GLPC’s executive director Chett Chiasson. “We are looking forward to working with Energy World and our community to move forward through the regulatory process and keep Port Fourchon at the forefront of the oil and gas service industry.”

The Fourchon LNG facility will be constructed to the west of Belle Pass on a 150-acre site located on port-owned property outside the port’s existing developments.

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